World Football Gossip Roundup: David Moyes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 9, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: David Moyes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney

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    The search for Sir Alex Ferguson's successor continues, with all eyes focused on one man.

    Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly closing on a deal to bring a world-famous superstar back to the club, just as another big name is being linked with a move away.

    All those stories and more appear inside this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Keep reading for all the details.

David Moyes

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    David Moyes is expected to be named Manchester United's new manager on Thursday or Friday after confirming his intention to leave his current club at the end of the season (via BBC Sport).

    Sir Alex Ferguson, 71, announced on Wednesday that he will retire as United's manager at the end of the season. Moyes, 50, has managed Everton since 2002.

    Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Swansea's Michael Laudrup are candidates to replace Moyes at Everton, according to the report. 

    UPDATE: It's official, according to BBC Sport.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney

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    Daily Mail sources report that Manchester United are "close to" bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club and are "confident" of the deal. The report also indicates that United forward Wayne Rooney asked for a transfer last month.

    Ronaldo, 28, played for United from 2003 to 2009. He was sold to Real Madrid for a world-record £80 million fee in 2009.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, a potential cash-plus-player deal to bring Ronaldo back to United could depend on Javier Hernandez. Real reportedly prefer Hernandez, a 24-year-old Mexico international forward, to Nani.

    Rooney, 27, joined United in 2004 from Everton, where he was managed by David Moyes. Outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Rooney last month that Rooney would not be sold, according to the Mail.

    Chelsea are reportedly interested in Rooney for £25 million. 

Pepe Reina

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    Barcelona have not approached Liverpool about goalkeeper Pepe Reina, according to Liverpool (via Liverpool Echo).

    According to previous reports from Spain, Barcelona are interested in a €10 million deal for Reina, 30, who is under contract at Liverpool until 2016.

    Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2006. He started his career with Barca. 

Diego Costa

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    Diego Costa says he wants to remain with Atletico Madrid (via ESPN FC).

    Costa, a 24-year-old Brazil international attacking midfielder, has been linked with a €25 million move to the Premier League.

    "I am working so that I grow and improve every day," Costa said. "There are great players here and I want to fight to be in the first XI. I hope to keep growing here. At Atleti." 

Martin Montoya

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    Barcelona are not interested in selling full-back Martin Montoya to Inter Milan, according to Marca.

    Inter are reportedly interested in Montoya, 22, with Barcelona possibly open to a loan deal. Inter are reportedly also interested in Alexis Sanchez and Marc Bartra. 

Quick Kicks

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    Real Madrid are willing to pay up to €120 million for Neymar, according to Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish).

    Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso says he is not leaving Real Madrid this summer (via Sky Sports).

    Belgian forward Christian Benteke says he is "very happy" at Aston Villa (via Sky Sports).

    Midfielder Julian Draxler has signed a new contract with Schalke, according to Goal.com.

    Alessandro Matri says he wants to stay with Juventus (via Goal.com).

    Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon wants to leave Manchester City to become a No. 1 at another club (via The Independent).

    Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld will join Roma at the end of the season (via Metro).

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Loic Remy from QPR, but the club's board wants him to sign Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem (via Daily Star).